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Mishawaka city departments urge drivers to slow down as students return to school

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MISHAWAKA - It's that time of the year for Mishawaka students to head back to school. City departments want to make sure that students are safe going and leaving from school and that is why they kicked off the School's Open- Cool Your Engine campaign.

Lt. Tim Williams of the Mishawaka Police Department says the first day of school means one thing. "The summer time has come to an end for our students. They're returning to school so we want the drivers to slow there engines," Williams said.

The School's Open- Cool Your Engine project is a collaboration between Mishawaka Mayor David Wood, Mishawaka Police and Fire, and Mishawaka School Superintendent Dr. Terry Barker. "We want to make sure that everybody slows down, watches for kids and just takes their time. Maybe start to work a few minutes earlier so that you're not in that rush," Barker said.

They are asking drivers to remember to drive the posted speed limit in school zones which may be 20 or 25 mph depending on your location.

They say another reminder to drivers is that a majority of Mishawaka school district students walk to school. That explains why there are 21 crossing guards stationed at 20 intersections. "Those are high traffic intersections and we have several that have no stop signs and no stop lights so we urge that you pay attention to the crossing guards when they're out there holding up that stop sign," Williams said.

All this aims to help keep the students safe so it can bring some assurance to a mother like Ashley Foor. She was dropping off her son at Twin Branch Elementary School for his first day of kindergarten,

"I'm a little nervous. We'll see how it goes when I actually leave him here," Foor said. "He was pretty nervous this morning but we talked about it and I told him it was everybody's first day."

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